Sai Praneeth reaches final; Saina Nehwal crashes out of Thailand Open

Sai Praneeth reaches final; Saina Nehwal crashes out of Thailand Open

Sai Praneeth reaches final; Saina Nehwal crashes out of Thailand Open

Sai Praneeth sailed into the final with a straight-game victory but Saina Nehwal's campaign ended in the semifinals of the $1,20,000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Saturday. In women's singles, national champion Rituparna Das lost 19-21, 18-21 to top seed Ratchanok Intanon, while Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli was disposed off 14-21, 12-21 by Ruselli Hartawan of Indonesia and Yen Mei Ho of Malaysia staved off a challenge from Saili Rane 19-21, 21-13, 21-12.

Thongnuam managed to stay in touch for the first few points after the break, before Praneeth sealed an easy win with the scoreboard reading 21-11 21-15 to close the tie in just 36 minutes. Thongnuam tried to attack in the second game but it made no effect on Sai as he was smart enough to mix his shots.

Saina made her task hard by committing a large number of unforced errors in the second game of her match. As the match started, the Indian looked in a comfortable position winning it 21-15 and it looked like Saina will clinch it in straight games.

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Saina goes down fighting against Busanan.

Both players have met thrice in the past, and the ace Indian shuttler has won all of those matches. However, the Japanese was not going to go down without a fight and brought the game back to within a point before Saina won the next three points in a row to regain her lead.

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